Giving Your Burdens To Jesus To Enter Your Rest
Why You Can Give Your Burdens To Jesus Part I
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I discussed in the last email about giving your burdens to Jesus to be free of them. Everyone has them at one time or another, and some people have them all the time, especially when they don’t let go of their past. Well the good news is that Christians are empowered to get rid of them. And, the sooner the better!
All Christians need to be free of whatever takes away their peace. It’s a part of living our salvation. Before I pray for a need or a problem, I give my burdens to Jesus first. Then I ask God for what I need by the prayer of faith. Some people might prefer to pray first and then give their burdens to Jesus.
When I pray, I like to get rid of a burden or burdens first because if I don’t, I may be too worried or fearful to have great faith. I want to keep the faith that I have the abundant life Jesus promises in John 10:10.
John 10:10 (ESV) 10. The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.
Jesus invites us in Matthew 11:28-30 to rest in Him.
Jesus wants us to experience rest not just for a time, but every day and night.
Matthew 11:28-30, “28. Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”
What does Jesus mean in verse 30 where He talks about an easy yoke and a light burden? According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary a yoke (not a yolk) is a wooden bar or frame by which two draft animals (such as oxen) are joined at the heads or necks for working together.
Jesus invites us in Matthew 11:29 to join with Him so that we can work together with Him and not be alone to try and please God by our works. The life lived by faith is a much lighter yoke and a much easier burden to carry than the heavy and burdensome yoke of self-righteousness which is simply trying to be acceptable to God through works.
When Christians try to be acceptable to God by their works, they’re committing “dead works” because the only way Christians can be good enough for God is through Jesus Christ. There’s nothing we can do on our own.
We are the righteousness of God not because of our works or who we are, but because of Who Jesus is and what He did for us on the cross. Working our way into heaven is a tough burden that takes Christians back to Old Testament law and will do nothing but give us new burdens every day.
Jesus defied the Pharisees by saying that His yoke is easy and His burden is light. He took the entirety of the 600 plus Mosaic laws including laws made by “religious professionals” and condensed Christian living into only two commandments; we’re to love God with our whole being and to love our neighbors as ourselves.
Matthew 22:37-40 (ESV) 37. And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. 38. This is the great and first commandment. 39. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. 40. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”
Jesus took us out of legalism and into a position of simply following two laws, the first of which, if followed, will cause us to desire with our hearts to love God so much that we will desire to obey His Word.
Loving God with our whole being means that we won’t want to kill, steal, be mean spirited, self-centered or any of the sins mentioned in the Bible.
Giving Your Burdens To Jesus Makes Walking With Jesus Simple
Following Jesus is so simple that it makes it difficult for some people because they’re used to looking to themselves for everything they do. But when it comes to the things of God, we must look to Jesus.
Psalm 55:22 (NASB) 22. Cast your burden upon the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken.
When we follow Jesus, we have the ability to find rest by giving our burdens to Him. Jesus is our mediator (1 Timothy 2:5). Whatever we ask of God or whatever we do for Him, we do it through Jesus.
Psalm 55:22 says that we can cast our burdens upon the Lord and He will keep us going in peace while we wait upon God to help us. This means that we can lean upon Jesus freely because we don’t have to worry about being good enough; Jesus makes us worthy!
We can cast whatever burden we have on the Lord through Jesus Christ. This includes sin, sickness, disease, poverty, soundness of mind, success and whatever else God promises us in His Word, the Bible. And we’re going to be protected while we do it so we don’t have to be anxious, nervous or afraid!
1 Peter 5:7 (NASB) 7 casting all your anxiety on Him, because He cares for you.
In Matthew 6:34 Jesus tells us not to worry about tomorrow or the future. This is because we only have the moment to live. Moment by moment we need to stay in step with Jesus by remaining yoked with Him so that we can be at peace without anxiety.
Matthew 6:33-34, 33 “But seek ye first his kingdom, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. 34 Be not therefore anxious for the morrow: for the morrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.”
Continue To Part II
Giving Your Burdens To Jesus Today, Part II
I’m going to walk you through giving your burdens to Jesus. Even if you don’t have problems that are weighting you down, there’s a place in your life where you need to enter your rest. Perhaps you need to make a change in your life that will bring you closer to the light of God’s Word or you have a fear of something such as daily safety and protection. Christians need to be free of burdens if they desire to be great faith warriors for God.
Whatever your burden or need, give it to Jesus. You do that by taking the following steps to insure that you establish peace in Christ so that you can become a great faith warrior in Christ to accomplish God’s will in His Word and for your life.
1. Whatever your burden, give it to Jesus right now. Just talk to Him as you would a person who is in your presence. For my example below I’ve used safety and protection, but create your own list of burdens or begin with your most difficult burden first.
Say something like, “Jesus, according to Matthew 11:29, please take my burden. I give you the burden of fear I’ve held for years that my family is not safe because of the dangers in the world.”
2. After giving your burden(s) to Jesus, thank Him using scripture as a point of faith to validate your words:
“Jesus, you said in John 14:13 that whatsoever we ask in your Name, you will do it that the Father may be glorified in the Son. So I thank you by faith for taking my burden of fear concerning safety and protection.
I know that while I rest, our Heavenly Father is blessing my family with safety and protection wherever we go according to Nahum 1:7 which says that, ‘The LORD is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; and He knows those who trust in Him.’ I have received your peace, Jesus, for abundant living. Thank you JESUS!”
If you have need for prayer, you’re now ready to say the prayer of faith.
Keep reading if you need to learn the prayer of faith…
Thankfulness and Praise For The Privilege Of Giving Your Burdens To Jesus
To reinforce and keep your peace for whatever burden you’ve given to Jesus, continue to praise and thank God for taking care of it!
Thank Jesus for taking your burden and giving you rest and don’t ask Him to take it again. That will imply that you don’t believe He’s already done what you asked of Him. Replace any anxiousness or stress with the peace of Jesus Christ. Just take it!
This is how I receive answered prayer when I ask. My family does as well. We know that we’ve received in the moment, so we don’t worry about tomorrow. In the next email I’m going to share how to pray the prayer of faith from Mark 11:23-24 should you need to pray about anything after you’ve given your burdens to Jesus.
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The Giving Your Burdens To Jesus Bible Study was taken from the 7-Day Christian Growth Challenge Course For Victorious Christian Living.
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